Canadiens blank Flyers in Game 2, even Eastern First Round without Julien


Carey Price made 30 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens evened the Eastern Conference First Round by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 in Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday.

Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each scored two goals for Montreal, the No. 8 seed. Max Domi had three assists.

Associate coach Kirk Muller coached the Canadiens in place of Claude Julien, who returned to Montreal following the stenting of a coronary artery Thursday. Julien is not expected to return during the series.

Carter Hart allowed four goals on 26 shots for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed, before being pulled at 17:57 of the second period. Brian Elliott made five saves.

Game 3 of the best-of-7 series is Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) in Toronto, the Eastern hub city.

Philadelphia forward Travis Konecny did not play the final 8:26 of the third period after being hit in the left ankle with a puck.

Tatar gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 1:02 into the first period when he scored on the rebound of a Brendan Gallagher shot.

Kotkaniemi made it 2-0 at 12:36 when he knocked in the rebound of a Jonathan Drouin shot.

Tatar scored on the power play at 1:25 of the second period to extend the lead to 3-0.

Joel Armia made it 4-0 with 2:03 remaining in the second when his shot from left side deflected off the skate of Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Kotkaniemi scored on the power play at 10:35 of the third for the 5-0 final.

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